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Nursery admission dates differ, parents worried

Written By kom nampultig on Rabu, 17 Desember 2014 | 22.11

NEW DELHI: Problems have arisen with nursery admissions as the schedule is not common in all schools. This has made parents a worried lot. Several schools, including The Indian School (Josip Broz Tito Marg), Mount Abu Public School (Rohini) and Kulachi Hansraj Model School (Ashok Vihar) are starting admissions on December 20, while Cambridge Primary School (New Friends Colony) is starting on December 26. Gyan Bharati, Saket, is starting the process on January 21, 2015.

"The directorate of education's guidelines gives parents a month to apply for refund. But here a school is starting admissions a month after others," says Sumit Vohra of admissionsnursery.com.

Declaration of the schedule doesn't mean the criteria have been made public. Some schools have even told parents to check with the school reception instead of posting the points distribution system online. The Indian School, however, has finalized it and pared the suggested criteria down to just three—distance (50 for those within 8km, 40 for those beyond 8km but between 12 and 20 points for those living beyond that); sibling (30 points) and first child (20).

Kulachi Hansraj, on the other hand has gone beyond the recommendations of the school bodies. In addition to distance, sibling, girl/first child and alumni, they also have categories like "sister concern school" (10 points) and "army/airforce/navy serviceman or martyrs" (10).

Even as schools gear up for admissions, the DoE is still deciding on issuing guidelines and what it will cover. They are also yet to decide on taking the matter to the Supreme Court. Social Jurist, the education lawyer-activist group, is, however, concerned about what the differing schedules will do to EWS admissions.

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50 flights late, nine diverted due to fog

NEW DELHI: It was a day of disappointments for flyers at IGI. Over 50 flights were delayed due to fog and nine flights diverted, including an international flight from Frankfurt. Four flights of Jet Airways, meant to take off to domestic locations, were also cancelled although airline officials could not confirm the reason for the cancellations.

While Met officials ascribed the cause of diversion to the first spell of fog this season, the airport operator said they were for "airline operational reasons only". "Either the aircraft attempting to land at IGI early morning were not CAT-IIIB compliant or pilots of these flights were not trained in CAT-IIIB," said an official for DIAL, the airport operator.

R K Jenamani, director-in-charge of IGI Met, said the densest spell of fog arrived at the capital between 7.30 and 10am.

"Winds picked up by 11 clearing the fog. But there may be a fresh spell on Wednesday morning," he added.Trouble was also in store for passengers of Jet Airways as their flights to Indore, Bhopal, Jaipur and Udaipur were reportedly cancelled on Tuesday. Airline officials said that the number of cancellations on Tuesday was three. Customers said they had a hard time dealing with the unexpected cancellations.

"We were informed at about 2 in the afternoon that our flight to Indore won't fly, and that there were no flights tomorrow as well. While we have arranged to stay at a friend's place till then there were people who'd come from elsewhere who had no place to stay who were severely inconvenienced," said Tanushree, a passenger.

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11 interceptors launched in Delhi to check speeding vehicles

NEW DELHI: To rein in the menace of overspeeding in the national capital, Delhi Traffic Police on Wednesday launched eleven new interceptor vans which can track speeding vehicles through laser-based cameras not just during the day but also in the night.

With these interceptors which can also operate in the night unlike its predecessors, the police hope to double the number of challans in the national capital and also bring down road fatalities. As many as 1.2 lakh challans have been issued for overspeeding this year so far.

Flagging off these interceptors at the India Gate lawns, Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi expressed confidence that the new system will make the city roads safer.

The laser-based cameras fitted in these vehicles can generate a challan per two seconds and identify a speeding vehicle in a lane full of cars.

They can work in all light conditions and produce a photograph of the speeding vehicle's registration number plate with its GPS coordinates, time and place.

A police team which will be deployed 200 metres ahead of the interceptor will get the picture and the erring vehicle will be stopped and challaned. If the driver manages to escape, the challan will be dispatched to the vehicle owner's residence.

Joint commissioner of police (Traffic) Anil Shukla said a number of people indulge in overspeeding and rash driving especially during nights when the routes are deserted.

Overspeeding is a big reason for road accidents whether it is bikes, cars or any bigger vehicle. Till now, we had 10 interceptors which work only during the day while overspeeding is an issue which increases in evening and night, he said.

Explaining the new system and the need for it, he said, "The specialty of it is that it is a laser-based system which can work day and night. It will instantly identify the speeding vehicle even among 10 vehicles and provide its photograph which can even be produced as evidence in the court. The GPS coordinates, date and the place where the challan was issued will be mentioned in it."

"We have issued 1.2 lakh challans this year for overspeeding and with the new system this is expected to double as we would now be able to challan in the night as well. We have chosen some high-speed corridors where we would deploy them and control the menace of overspeeding corridors," Shukla said.

I am sure that we would be able to send this message to people that if you overspeed, you would be caught, he added.

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Government school kids to participate in prayer meeting for Peshawar victims at CP on Thursday

NEW DELHI: Students from Delhi's government schools will pay their condolences to the victims of the school attack in Peshawar on Thursday afternoon. They'll gather at the flag at Rajiv Chowk at 1pm. The government expects over a 1,000 students to participate.

"Two minutes of silence (will be observed) and Ram Dhun to be played at site, 132 white flowers to be placed in the memory of the innocent lives," says a statement issued by the government.

"In view of the sad incident of 132 innocent school children having lost their lives to terrorism in Pakistan, government of NCT of Delhi and New Delhi Municipal Corporation is organizing a condolence and prayer meeting tomorrow at the Monumental Flag, Connaught Place," says the announcement. "The NDMC is placing flower pots with 132 white flowers in Memory of the innocent lives lost to the dastardly act," says the statement.

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Drunk robber found dozing in ATM kiosk

Written By kom nampultig on Senin, 15 Desember 2014 | 22.10

NEW DELHI: Five drunk robbers set out to rob an ATM in the middle of the night in Kirari, outer Delhi, on Saturday. Early Sunday morning, a watchman found one of the robbers sound asleep in the kiosk, parts of the half-open ATM scattered around him.

Awakened by cops, 21-year-old Deepak recalled his friends fleeing after his hand got stuck in the ATM. He had freed himself but was too tired to go through with the robbery.

Cops found sleeping thief

The Aman Vihar police were informed by the watchman around 3am about a robbery in an IDBI ATM in Astha Vihar. When they reached the spot, though, they were in for a surprise - no robbery had taken place, and the robber was sleeping in the very kiosk, surrounded by proof of his crime.

The man, Deepak, told police that he and four of his accomplices had come to loot the ATM around midnight after having a few drinks. They ripped open the front console of the teller machines but could not reach the cash box as it was sealed immediately. Deepak had thrust his hand in to remove an electrical circuit but it got stuck. His drunk friends tried to help him but ended up making such a ruckus that they were sure cops would arrive anytime. Desperate to save themselves, the four abandoned the 21-year-old and fled.

Deepak struggled for a while and managed to free his hand but by then, was too tired to go any further. He made room for himself by pushing aside the broken pieces of machine and lay down to sleep. Police jolted him awake and took him to Sanjay Gandhi Hospital where doctors discharged him after preliminary treatment.

A case of trespassing and attempt to commit robbery had been registered against Deepak, whose version of events was being verified with footage from CCTV cameras installed in the area. The CCTV in the ATM kiosk itself did not have a real-time recorder, officers said; nor did the ATM have a guard for the night despite warnings from the local cops. The bank officials were informed on Sunday morning and the amount stored in the ATM is being verified.

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Sunday coldest day so far in Delhi, fog to follow

NEW DELHI: The skies that were overcast since Saturday opened up on Sunday afternoon, plunging the maximum temperature in the capital to a chilling 16 degrees Celsius, seven degrees below normal. The city recorded 3.8mm rain till 5.30pm while parts of east Delhi reported a hail storm. This was officially the coldest day in Delhi this season.

While the rain may cease by Monday morning, the Met office has predicted shallow to dense fog on Monday night.

Afternoon to be cloudy, sky to clear up by night

Though Sunday's showers lasted only 15 minutes or so, many parts of central and east Delhi reported waterlogging. Commuters were stopped in their tracks as the wind picked up speed and darkness fell just before it began to rain. "The rainfall is a result of an active western disturbance that is over the western Himalayan region. This has brought snow in Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh and rainfall over most parts of the northern plains," said a Met official.

In Delhi, it became cloudy on Saturday and a light drizzle was reported from some areas. However, due to the continuous clouding, the temperature on Sunday fell sharply and the city also recorded moderate rainfall in some areas. The chill is also because of snowfall in the hills and the drop in temperature over there.

On Sunday, the minimum temperature in the city was 14.4 degrees, six degrees above normal, a phenomenon attributed to the dense cloud cover in the morning which did not allow the earth's heat to escape. Visibility in the afternoon remained between 800m and 1,200m due to mist and low clouds.

"Monday afternoon may be only partly cloudy and the sky may clear up by night. There are chances of shallow to moderate dog on Monday morning and dense fog on Monday night. The maximum and minimum temperatures will remain the range of 17 to 11 degrees Celsius," said a Met official.

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Government guides homeless to warmth

NEW DELHI: A dirty blanket and a plastic sack were all 75-year-old Ramdev had to shield himself from the cold, wet air. Clearly, these were not enough. But he didn't know that there was a shelter close by at Nizamuddin that could comfort him for the night.

When told about it, Ramdev was keen to move in. But the night shelter was packed. So he had to be accommodated in a corridor aligning the main dormitory. There were 182 men sleeping inside the facility already that could at the most take in 130. There was barely any space to walk.

With the Delhi administration charged with the task by the Centre to get every homeless to a night shelter, and senior officials assigned the job by LG Najeeb Jung to step out during day and night for inspections, TOI joined one such spot inspection at Nizamuddin.

Ashish Joshi of DUSIB led social workers from Society for Promotion of Youth & Masses (SPYM), an NGO, in an outreach drive to guide homeless to night shelters and to find out why many of them do not use them at all.

Just like Ramdev, two women, one of them speech-impaired, were convinced to use a women's shelter at the other end of the road where a flyover links Nizamuddin to India Gate. But not everyone was willing to move.

Gopal (35) lay under a blanket on a footpath with his wife, two children and a dog, along with all their belongings. He refused to move. On prodding further, he said there was no shelter the whole family could go together to, and he was not prepared to leave his wife and children alone at a women's shelter. He also feared moving too far from the spot where he slept as this was where he eked out a living through his makeshift tea stall nearby.

Similar cases emerged on the way. Mohd Azal Hussain, a disabled man shared his story amid sobs. He has been living under the flyover ever since the Nangla Machi slum, where he lived and ran a tea stall, was demolished. He had papers to show that he was promised relocation and rehabilitation by way of a plot by authorities 14 years ago, but instead he was reduced to living on the streets. "Hum kaisey jayein shelter mein? Kaun humein upar lekar jayega (How do we go to a shelter? Who will take us up)?" he said.

At the end of the drive, Joshi said a facility exclusively for families certainly required. "We are in the process of acquiring nearly 30 more tents through an open tender shortly. On Monday, we will work out ways to provide relief to these families and the disabled people under the flyover. The inspections are planned daily so that need-based planning can be done and problems identified," Joshi said.

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Sunday coldest day so far in Delhi, fog to follow

NEW DELHI: The skies that were overcast since Saturday opened up on Sunday afternoon, plunging the maximum temperature in the capital to a chilling 16 degrees Celsius, seven degrees below normal. The city recorded 3.8mm rain till 5.30pm while parts of east Delhi reported a hail storm. This was officially the coldest day in Delhi this season.

While the rain may cease by Monday morning, the Met office has predicted shallow to dense fog on Monday night.

Afternoon to be cloudy, sky to clear up by night

Though Sunday's showers lasted only 15 minutes or so, many parts of central and east Delhi reported waterlogging. Commuters were stopped in their tracks as the wind picked up speed and darkness fell just before it began to rain. "The rainfall is a result of an active western disturbance that is over the western Himalayan region. This has brought snow in Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh and rainfall over most parts of the northern plains," said a Met official.

In Delhi, it became cloudy on Saturday and a light drizzle was reported from some areas. However, due to the continuous clouding, the temperature on Sunday fell sharply and the city also recorded moderate rainfall in some areas. The chill is also because of snowfall in the hills and the drop in temperature over there.

On Sunday, the minimum temperature in the city was 14.4 degrees, six degrees above normal, a phenomenon attributed to the dense cloud cover in the morning which did not allow the earth's heat to escape. Visibility in the afternoon remained between 800m and 1,200m due to mist and low clouds.

"Monday afternoon may be only partly cloudy and the sky may clear up by night. There are chances of shallow to moderate dog on Monday morning and dense fog on Monday night. The maximum and minimum temperatures will remain the range of 17 to 11 degrees Celsius," said a Met official.

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Delhi's commandos never waste a bullet

NEW DELHI: When terrorists attacked Mumbai on November 26, 2008, NSG commandos couldn't be pressed into action for the first 12 hours due to logistical issues. But Delhi is better placed to counter such an attack. Not only is NSG housed at its doorstep in Manesar, Delhi Police's own SWAT (special weapons and tactics) commandos are a highly trained and well equipped team.

Hand-picked from the constabulary, these police commandos are second to none in terms of skills and motivation. They can spring from deep sleep to action, fully armed, within a minute of an alarm. The unit, which was formed before the Commonwealth Games, is best equipped to handle crises in the capital as its training and combat skills are Delhi-centric — from climbing multi-storey buildings within seconds to rescuing hostages from a room located in the core of a hotel or a DTC bus or the Metro. And while US Navy Seals (those who took out Osama bin Laden) fire two bullets to the head — called a double tap — Delhi commandos are taught to finish each target with just one bullet. "Their motto is: one shot, one kill," said an officer.

"Armed with sophisticated weapons and technology, these men form the backbone of a crack team of the Special Cell that has been created to thwart a terror attack or a hostage situation in the capital," said S N Shrivastava, special commissioner of police, Special Cell.

When the SWAT team was founded in 2010, it received training from NSG and former Army commandos, but now, after training at Delhi Police Training School in Jharoda Kalan (southwest Delhi), they learn advanced skills from Israel's counter-terror and intelligence unit, Mossad. The training includes advanced hand-to-hand combat moves from Krav Maga, a martial art developed by the Israeli army. The commandos also learn warfare techniques, such as identifying and defusing improvised explosive devices, from Major General (retired) Satvir Singh in Jodhpur.

The men chosen during the basic police course are given three months of preliminary training and then 10 months of SWAT training. "They undergo rigorous training to perform high-risk operations that are beyond the capability of regular policemen," said Shrivastava. Most of the men in the present batch had joined Delhi Police in 2010. There are nine sub-inspector rank officers.

The city commandos have a fleet of bulletproof mine-protected vehicles and are deployed in such a way that they can reach any spot in Delhi within 20 minutes. In fact, 20-30 commandos are always kept at the ready.

Pressed into action, they can carry out reconnaissance, design maps and begin an assault within 10 minutes of reaching a spot. Each "hit-team" consists of a team leader, two recce officers, a communication specialist, two sharpshooters and a medic.

Each commando is armed with an AK47 assault rifle or MP5 submachine gun with at least four 30-round magazines, a Glock 17 or Glock 26 pistol, hand grenades, a wireless set, a 20-metre nylon rope, a pencil torch, a bulletproof helmet (patka for Sikhs), bulletproof jacket, flame torch, cutter and a commando dagger. Special knee and elbow pads are also worn for protection during stealth attacks.

"In a typical operation, the comman dos are trained to infiltrate using the best possible entry , which might include grappling up a rainwater pipe or slithering down a terrace using a grappling hook. Physical fitness, mental strength and expert weapon handling are key to their survival in combat," said their trainer, Inspector Om Prakash Sharma, himself a commando and SHO of Shahdara police station till 2008.

"I watched the 2611 terrorist attack on television and decided to become a commando. I vow to never let another such attack be successful," said one of the commandos undertaking a refresher course at the police training college."Their confidence, rigour, strength and skills should make every Delhiite feel safe," said an officer.

Read this story in Hindi: एक गोली भी बर्बाद नहीं करते दिल्ली के कमांडो

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Delhi police ask radio station to stop playing AAP jingle

Written By kom nampultig on Minggu, 14 Desember 2014 | 22.10

NEW DELHI: Delhi Police have asked FM radio channels in the national capital to stop playing an Aam Aadmi Party jingle which according to them is defaming the force.

In the advertisement, a girl is heard saying that some men passed lewd comments at her while she was on her way back home.

She further claims that policemen were reluctant to file her complaint when she went to the police station and rather asked her to provide evidence of the incident.

Frustrated with the volley of questions, the girl leaves the police station without registering a complaint and is then heard asking people to vote for AAP to ensure women security in Delhi.

"We have asked the radio stations to stop this jingle and will ask AAP to provide us details of the girl whether she is a real victim or an imaginary character.

"If it is a true incident, we would probe it and take strict action against the guilty policemen but if its imaginary, it is defaming the police," said a senior police official.

Police has also directed the radio stations to take clearance before playing any such jingles in future.

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